United States at UN Makes Case for Military Action Against Syria

EPA-EFE  YOUSSEF BADAWI

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Trump is considering his military options in Syria after Saturday's alleged chemical attack against the rebel-held town of Douma.

Trump has never been skeptical of war, but he seeks to avoid regime change projects because his nationalist agenda has no place for the cost and responsibility of foreign nation-building (and, in recent years, cycles of insurgency, military surge, and reconstruction) they inevitably incur.

"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria", Trump wrote. "We're still working on this".

Russian Federation has been involved in the Syrian conflict since 2015 and became Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main ally in the war against armed opposition groups.

That assault prompted the United States to launch several dozen Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base.

In an early morning tweet and later in comments at the White House, Trump attempted to cloud the timing of military action - a day after indicating it was imminent - and said a final decision had not yet been made.

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"In the past, Trump has condemned others for forecasting military plans, repeatedly blistering President Barack Obama during the 2016 campaign". We are totally predictable.

Asked if France is planning to participate in retaliatory attacks on Syria, he was noncommittal.

He said: "Parliament must be consulted on this".

"Trump did not detail what a strike on Syria would look like, or whether these would be US missiles".

Brexit Secretary David Davis said: "It is a very, very delicate circumstance, and we've got to make this judgment on a very careful, very deliberate, very well thought-through basis, knowing exactly ... how strong the evidence is".

President Donald Trump huddled with top national security advisors Thursday to weigh his military options in Syria, as Moscow warned against any move that risks triggering a conflict between Russian Federation and the United States.

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Trump's administration has sought to show toughness on Russian Federation, with a series of economic and diplomatic actions, including new sanctions last week against government officials and oligarchs.

France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and has crossed a line that could prompt French airstrikes, President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday.

The U.S., France and Britain have been in extensive consultations about launching a military strike as early as the end of this week, U.S. officials have said.

Without elaborating on the sources of her information, Ms. Haley said the American government had estimated that the forces of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria have used chemical weapons "at least 50 times" since the war started.

"You are a minority Government, and you need to seek the consent of Parliament before you commit the United Kingdom to any action".

France already has some 1,100 troops involved in its Operation Chammal, created in 2014 to fight Islamic State extremists in Iraq and extended in 2015 to Syria, as part of the US -led coalition. Multiple IS terror attacks have targeted France, including one last month.

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